Content tagged "encourage kids to eat healthy foods"

To Whom it May Concern, My Child Has an Allergy

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

As a parent or guardian, it is your job to protect the child in your care.  At some point your child will be going off to school or attending their first...

Serving Up the Smile Factor: 5 Ways to Leverage Likeability and Increase Lunchroom Sales

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Research shows that people prefer to say “yes” to individuals they know and like1,2. Likability is the best predictor of success for ad campaigns3 and has...

Huddle Up for Breakfast

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Students who participate in school breakfast programs have improved attendance, behavior and academic performance as well as decreased tardiness according to...

The CAN Approach to Healthier, Smarter Lunchrooms

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Dr. Brian Wansink, director of Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab has been studying eating behavior and food psychology for decades. Through his extensive...

Practice Smart Snacking in the Classroom

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Much of the work of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (BEN Center) focuses on designing environments where individuals...

The Conundrum of Competitive Foods: 3 Ways to Maintain Revenue and Promote Healthier Options

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Food service directors have a tall order to fulfill: they must ensure the hundreds, or even thousands, of students they feed receive meals meeting specific...

The Size and Shape of Calorie Intake: Using Smart Dishware to Encourage Healthy Portions at Home

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Consuming too many calories is actually a greater contributor to obesity than not getting enough exercise. Numerous studies have suggested that individuals...

Slice It Up: Serving Pre-Cut Fruit can Increase Fruit Consumption

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

MyPlate and USDA’s new nutrition standards for school meals have placed greater emphasis on getting students to eat more fruit. Yet, very few students select...

Perform Your Own “Smarter Lunchroom Makeover”: The Simple, Low-Cost Changes That Can Improve Students’ Lunch Selections

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Getting students to actually select and eat the healthy options offered during lunch may seem like a daunting task, but the mere layout of a lunchroom can...

How School Lunches Can Benefit Your Child

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

USDA and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) lunches are carefully designed to meet the specific nutritional needs of students9.  By limiting salt, fat, and...

Tiny Tasty Tree Tops: Study Shows that Giving Vegetables Attractive Names Increases Their Popularity among School Children

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Most restaurants jazz up the allure of their menu items by adding appealing descriptive words, such as Grandma’s Homemade Mac and Cheese   instead of...

Nutritional Gatekeepers: Begin a Journey to Healthy Eating

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

A “nutritional gatekeeper” is the person who acquires and prepares food for the family. A child’s nutritional gatekeeper, often his or her mother, can have...

Tell Me When! How Bowl Size Impacts the Amount Children Request and Eat

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

                                        The effect of plate and bowl sizes on portion size and calorie consumption by adults and children is well documented...

Exploring the Movement to Healthy School Meals Through Farm to School

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

In addition to describing the movement to include local and regional foods in school meal programs, cultivate school gardens, and provide students with...

Using the Power of Persuasion to Influence Student Food Choices

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

 Individuals make thousands of decisions each day and are faced with hundreds of food choices. If we had to stop and analyze every decision completely we...

Prompts, Pushes, and Pulls: Using the Power of Persuasion to Influence Student Food Choices

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Individuals make thousands of decisions each day and are faced with hundreds of food choices.  If we had to stop and analyze every decision completely we...

Habits that Help: How to Utilize Our Food-Choice Biases to Improve Nutrition

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Eating behaviors tend to be programmed during childhood as kids determine what foods they do or do not like, so increasing a child’s preference for healthy...

Vegetables, Kids, and Healthy Appetites

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

There is an ever increasing number of children not eating their recommended daily serving of vegetables.  One survey reported that almost 60% of children are...

Eating On The Move: Healthy Pack-N-Go Snacks and Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Eating healthy is often associated with the false mindset that it’s harder than the other, often more expensive, options such as eating out or buying...

Is It Really More Expensive to Eat Healthier?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Is it really more expensive to eat healthier?  Often, the general public assumes it is more expensive to eat healthier foods because an accurate method to...

20 Seconds and You’re Good to Go!: A Peer-Focused Instructional Handwashing Video for Students

Food Safety Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Hand washing is a key health habit to stop germs and avoid flu and other contagious diseases (CDC 2016). In “20 seconds and You’re Good to Go!” middle school...

Apples vs. Chips: Help Kids Make Healthy A La Carte Choices at Lunch

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Close your eyes and picture school lunch…Most likely the image that appeared in your mind is of a compartment tray holding an entrée, fruit and/or vegetable...

After School Garden Clubs: Planting Seeds for Success

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Many students participate in after school activities to extend their learning opportunities and spend more time with friends during the day. After school...

Farm to School Resources- Colorado Department of Education

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

The term “Farm to School” often suggests images of freshly picked produce waiting to be shipped to your local school district, but how these products...

Did You Know? Lesser Known Facts About School Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Historically, school food has gotten a bad rap for being unappetizing and even having poor nutritional value. If you haven’t been in a school cafeteria...

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